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Braun leads Brewers to 11-5 win over Cubs

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 30, 2014 at 11:42 pm •  Published: May 30, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee tweaked its top of the batting order recently and it has been paying off. On Friday night, the rest of the Brewers' lineup joined in on the fun.

Ryan Braun homered to highlight a five-run first inning and the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Friday night.

"Everybody's swinging the bat well," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said, "and there's no doubt when everybody is hitting like this and there are mistakes made, we're not missing them like we were earlier."

Braun had three hits and three RBIs for Milwaukee, which has won 25 of its last 31 games against Chicago. Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado had three hits and two RBIs each as the Brewers scored a season-high runs in its most lopsided victory of the year.

"You've got to cherish moments like this when you come out swinging and it lasts the whole game," Weeks said. "It's always a good thing."

Marco Estrada (5-2) allowed three earned runs and six hits in six innings.

Travis Wood (5-5) turned in his shortest outing of the season when he lasted only 2 2-3 innings. He gave up 10 hits and seven earned runs for the Cubs (19-33), who have the worst record in the majors.

"They hit everything I threw up there," said Wood, who allowed two hits and struck out seven in seven innings of a 4-2 victory over Milwaukee on May 18. "It didn't matter what I threw. They were hacking early and they got to me. ... Three pitches into it, I was two runs downs. It's tough to get into a rhythm there."

Chicago, shut out in its last two games at San Francisco, ended its scoreless streak at 22 innings.

"We scored a couple of runs but we fell behind the 8 ball early, and it was just kind of tough to recover," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said.

The change to the top of Milwaukee's lineup has paid dividends.

Jean Segura has batted leadoff the last eight games and is 14 for 38 (.368) with seven runs scored during that time.

Braun has hit second in each of the last six games and is 13 for 27 (.481) with seven RBIs. Before this season he had not batted anywhere in the starting lineup but third since Sept. 30, 2010.

And Carlos Gomez batted cleanup for his seventh straight game — Aramis Ramirez is on the disabled list — and is 13 for 27 with one homer and eight RBIs. He led off his first 42 games this season.

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